The board has exceeded my wildest expectations.
This was definitely worth the effort.
It felt fast upwind too. Amazing, because until today, upwind always felt like torture.
Sorry about the iphone photos. I was in a rush to get on the water.
Here is Brad coming down the waterway.
Here is Brad passing by.
Here is Brad trying to stop. You actually have to throw on the brakes with this board. It glides fast.
Next step is to actually finish the board.
It still has round soft rails in the back, and the bottom still hasn't been sanded perfectly flat. So it's going to get FASTER.
FYI, the sharp rails in the back of a board are built up using tape and resin. That will be done later this week. Then it needs some paint and a deck pad.
This was the quick and dirty test, just to see if this was a waste of time. I'm thrilled to know it's not. Now I'll order fiberglass for board number 2 and start shaping that one next week.
Stability and volume feel perfect in the flat water. I'll do an ocean downwinder tomorrow evening to confirm everything is OK for rough water.
The board is 26 3/4 wide.
I saw a huge school of sharks tonight circling in the eddy currents where Snows Cut meets the Intercoastal. Needless to say, I didn't paddle at that spot.
Bruce Brown has died.
6 hours ago